PARIS — Didier Grumbach on Monday was reelected president of the Fédération Française de la Couture, du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode. He has held the post since 1998.
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The move was voted through unanimously at the federation’s AGM by its executive board at the suggestion of its new five-member executive committee.
The executive board, which consists of 18 members, ranging from the chief executive officers of Christian Dior and Chanel fashion to the independent designer Isabel Marant, was also reelected.
At the meeting, the executive committee presented to the executive board the responsibilities of each of its members, as follows: Bruno Pavlovsky (president of global fashion, Chanel) will oversee industry and savoir faire; Guillaume de Seynes (managing director, Hermès) will oversee the organization of Paris’ show calendars; Ralph Toledano (president of Puig’s fashion division) will oversee emerging brands, and Sidney Toledano (ceo of Dior) will oversee education. Paul Denève (ceo, YSL) will reveal later which activity he intends to be in charge of.
“The members of the assembly expressed their satisfaction toward this new organization method which will strengthen the collective action of the Fédération,” the federation said.
The committee was put in place to bolster its independence and speed decision making in a fast-moving industry.
The federation comprises three trade associations, each known as a Chambre Syndicale, for high fashion, women’s ready-to-wear and men’s fashions. Together, they boast about 100 corporate members, including companies from France, Japan, Italy and Belgium, reflecting the global nature of fashion.